Second Grade

June 2021

Events

  • Thursday June 3, 2021: Anniversary Day (no school)
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021: Chancellor’s Conference Day (no school)
  • Monday June 14, 2021: Virtual Multicultural Night
  • Friday June 25, 2021: Last Day of School

Reading

We will be continuing the unit, “Non-Fiction Book Clubs.” This unit will teach the children to facilitate their own group discussions.  The students will be creating their own jobs to contribute to group conversations.  As a class, we will be bringing back our information on the different non-fiction reading skills, such as solving tricky words, understanding text features, and working on the main idea of books. The students will be able to compare and contrast the information and structure in their books to share with their peers.  All in all, this unit is giving the autonomy to the students to conduct their own discussions to bring back to our meeting area to share in a whole group setting.  At home, students should continue to read both non-fiction and fiction books. To build comprehension, students can be asked many questions about the characters in the book (fiction), or the main idea with supporting details (non-fiction).

Writing

We will be continuing our Nonfiction Writing Unit.  We will be exploring different types of nonfiction writing such as posters, How to’s, and informational texts. We will also dive into biographies and autobiographies.

Math

We will be moving in to our Geometry and Fractions unit.  Here student work revolves around categorical data, which is produced by sorting objects or information into categories. For example, students learn about categories and then record that data in a table. Students also learn to use picture graphs and bar graphs to organize and represent the data in as many as four categories. They learn that a graph can be oriented horizontally or vertically, and that each picture represents one object. Students ask and answer questions based on the information displayed in the graphs. They learn that this organizing of information makes it easier to compare data and can help them solve problems. The students will then learn about different 3-D and 2-D shapes concerning angles, sides, and basic area calculations.

Science

We will be starting the Properties of Matter Unit.  In this unit, students take on the role of glue engineers and use engineering design practices to create a type of glue for use at school, which serves as the design problem for the unit.  They conduct hands-on investigations to observe properties of a variety of possible glue ingredients and learn how certain materials respond to heating and cooling. Over the course of the unit, students conduct tests that yield quantifiable results, graph their data, analyze and interpret results, and then use that evidence to iteratively design a series of glue mixtures, each one better than the one before.